The scholarly arm of the Keith Center, The Journal of Law in Society was created by students in 1997 to evaluate how the law affects particular segments of society, such as immigrants, the LGBT community, women and urban communities. The journal addresses legal policy and theory in the context of social reality. It’s published twice each academic year and hosts an annual academic symposium.
Recently, the "Governance" issue and symposium focused on congressional redistricting, the imposition of emergency managers for cities and historic forces that have led to intensely fractured and racially segregated local governments in southeast Michigan. The "Homelessness" issue was devoted to those without stable shelter, examining populations as diverse as veterans, LGBT youth and disadvantaged families. It also analyzed international models of advocacy identifying housing as a human right.